Africa has a variety of amazing wildlife and some of which can not be found anywhere else in the world. Tragically human ravenousness is driving some species of animals in this large species to the edge of extinction. We can even now see some endangered and critically endangered species when you travel to Africa.
Several African Governments where these endangered and critically endangered species of animals live are finding a way to save them and their habitat.
Take a look at most endangered animals in Africa as of 2015, as indicated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Riverine Rabbits are the most endangered species in Africa and are found in parts of South Africa and it is believed that there are only 250 animals remaining in the world today. Hating, accidental deaths and habitat loss are the main threats.
Northern White Rhino (critically endangered since 1996)
Numerous wildlife specialists believe that this subspecies of white rhinoceros will get to be wiped out before the end of the next decade. Just five northern white rhinos are alive today. The northern white rhino formerly found over parts of northwestern Uganda, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Lake Chad, southern South Sudan and eastern part of Central African Republic.
Mountain gorillas are smallest population of subspecies of the eastern gorilla—is part in two and different people have debated about whether they might be two separate subspecies. More than half live in the Virunga Mountains, a range of extinct volcanoes that fringe the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The rest is found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Currently there are around 880 mountain gorillas in the wild. Hunting, habitat loss and human diseases have pushed these animals towards the edge of extinction and it so extreme that it was once thought the species may be terminated before the end of the twentieth century.
The black rhinoceros is a species of rhinoceros, found in the eastern and southern countries Africa including Kenya, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.
There are over 4,900 black rhinos in the world today. In Africa, Poaching and habitat loss are threatening their very existence.
This elegant, long-legged wolf is only found in the mountains of Ethiopia, today you won’t find more than 500 of these animals. Rabies, loss of their habitat, shooting, road killings and climate warming are pushing these animals to the edge of extinction.
If these creatures get to be terminated, it will be an irretrievable loss to the whole world and a disgrace on humankind. If you find any suspicious activity, which you think might hurt these magnificent creatures it will be wise to report to the authorities.
Rwanda participated in the annual Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht-Netherlands last week.
According to the chief officer of Rwanda Development Board Belise Kariza, Vakantiebeurs 2016 offered a good platform to inform both the Dutch clients and the travel sector that Rwanda has more unique attractions to offer visitors beyond the famed mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.
The occasion goes about as a meeting point for international tourism marketing agencies, promoters and guests searching for interesting destinations to go to.
Aside from Embassy staff others at the Rwanda stand included Amahoro Tours, Mountain Gorilla Safaris, Great Seasons Hotel, African Jungle Adventures Ltd, Lets Go Travel Rwanda, and Wildlife Tours Rwanda.
Kariza said leisure has been a main factor for the development of tourism industry in Rwanda
“This year we have set a more emphasis on adventure tourism with offered safari packages including nature trails, water activities, people to people, recreational – fun moments and sports, for example, trekking, climbing and biking,” she said.
Rwanda likewise showcased a daily presentation and dance in one of the halls to all tourists.
The nation is advertised its Meetings Incentives Conference and Exhibitions/Events (MICE) capacity, alongside other tourism perspectives, capitalizing on safety, developed infrastructure, accessibility and new competitors in the hotel industry.
These incorporate such names as Marriott, Radisson Blu, Radisson by Park Inn, Sheraton, Golden Tulip, Kempinski and Zinc and many others.
“We are likewise getting ready to host the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) from October 5-6 2016”, Kariza said.
Rwanda’s tourism industry is a main foreign income earner for the nation
Gorillas are herbivores – they do not eat meat though some people thing they can eat small animals but this is not true. Gorillas spend most of their day time feeding on vegetation – The type of foods that they will mainly consume really depends in the region in which the gorillas live.
The following are some of the items on which Gorillas feed
In times of scarcity, gorillas can eat insects like white ants and termites – being intelligent; gorillas are capable of using tools like sticks to scoop termites from the ant hills or the ground.
Gorillas feed on fruits like passion fruits, jack fruits, mangoes, oranges among others. Such fruits contain vitamins which do well in the bodies of Gorillas.
They also feed on plant leaves – green leaves contain chlorophyll which promotes anti bodies hence fighting diseases. Green leaves contain food values that fight against diseases.
Gorillas feed on food stuffs like bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes among others. Such food stuffs are eaten raw – they are nutritious. The gorillas have sharp teeth that splits food into pieces – then swallowed after serious chewing.
Gorillas also feed on flowers – some flowers contain sugar content that attract gorillas chew them. Flowers contain nectar juice containing food values that attract Gorillas to spend time chewing them.
Gorillas also feed on Carrots and other sorted food like water melon, raw cassava among others. Sorted food is applied to Gorillas in the Zoo – in other words, Gorillas under control – not in natural environment.
Water helps them quench their thirsty – Gorillas drink water from lakes, rivers, water falls, pond among others – like human beings, Gorillas consume a lot of water in dry season than in wet season.
Gorillas eat stems of plants – the back skin from plants, feed by Gorillas.
The apes also feed on nuts – by the use of sticks to scoop them from the ground and they are more interested in Ground nuts and some other stems.
Gorillas also feed on twigs and shoots of plans – swigs are your tree branches and shoots are the young plant leaves which are have just come out.
Dreaming of setting sail on your ultimate journey and escaping the rigors of urban life is something that only becomes reality if you’re able to make sacrifices in your day-to-day life. Having the ability to meticulously plan for such a trip can be the difference between actually living your dream or it merely being a pipe dream.
Whether you’re a single traveler or traveling with a multitude of people, the likelihood is, such a life-changing experience to witness the gorillas in the midst, going on safari or seeing the Golden Monkeys of Central Africa first hand, will cost a significant amount. And only through saving vast amounts of money will you be able to make a trip such as this reality.
Luckily, with the vast amount of people now traveling to Africa to witness such amazing creatures as our beloved apes comes with useful blogs such as our own Lifted Gorilla that helps provide newbie travelers with a vast array of useful information to source when planning for a trip of a lifetime.
Here are some of our tips that you should consider when planning your trip to Africa.
Research what injections you’ll need
The current health situation is Africa has been well documented by the world’s media, so you must ensure that you have had all the correct vaccinations before you leave your destination to travel to Africa. There is a plethora of resource available to find out which vaccinations you should be having but websites such as GoAfrica will provide you with the recommended injections you’ll need from your doctor before departure.
Pack a suitable camera
It might seem a little trivial but having your camera and sufficient battery replacements on your long treks will help you capture all the best moments on photo that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Don’t fall foul of failing to take a good camera with you on trips, and definitely don’t rely on devices with poor quality batteries such as the iPhone models.
Like many third-world continents, when traveling to Africa, it’s imperative that you have full travel insurance that will cover all of your belongings in case of theft. The likelihood is that you will be staying in very secure resorts but the dangers don’t just lie at the resorts. Misplaced baggage at airports is also still a probable possibility, so make sure to insure your belongings for the entire duration of your traveling.
Avoid budget airlines
Although budget travel is something that we all try to take advantage of, it’s not always all it’s made out to be. Parking4Less, a UK-based company, blogged in 2013 that a well-known budget airline decreased its baggage allowance by 37% without telling customers to try and increase profit margins. Budget airlines have been well documented for trying to increase their meager profit margins, so if you’re using internal airlines throughout your traveling of Africa, make sure to always check the small print.
It’s also worth taking notice of the baggage allowances of all the budget airlines if you do wish to use internal flights in Africa. Just like the aforementioned European-based budget airlines, African carriers may also have some obscure hidden travel charges.
Pack the bare necessities
Regardless of however long you are traveling, it’s best to travel as light as possible. You’re likely to be lugging your backpack around frequently so make sure you have a couple of changes of clothes, and due to the climate the majority should be lightweight.
Hopefully, some of these tips will come in handy when you venture out on your dream journey. Feel free to leave some of the tips you have learned below. And we hope you enjoy your trip to Africa.
Recommended Places to Visit in Africa
Africa is big and attracts many tourists from different parts of the world. However note that, some parts of Africa are not safe for travelling. You are advised to seek advise from your embassy or travel agent before visit some parts of Africa. Among the risky places to visit in Africa include Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe among others. CNN points out 26 of the most stunning spots to visit in Africa.
And among these include the great wildebeest migration in East Africa taking place in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park, the table mountain in south Africa, Djmaa el Fna in Morocco, Sossusvlei Dunes in Namibia and endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda. Tracking the rare mountain gorillas is only done in Uganda and Rwanda, these are the only places in the world where you can see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and it attracts thousands of tourists into Eastern Africa. Great hikers prefer to trek the gorillas more than once in both destinations, for instance, the 18 day African gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda offers you a great opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of both destinations on a single tour package, including wild animals, birds, scenery, culture and others.
To those we limited time in Africa, and what to take part in gorilla tracking, there are shorter gorilla trekking packages such as the 3 days Bwindi gorilla tour where you can actively participate and add it to your African safari package. Whether you are visiting South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania or Namibia, you can easily connect to the Uganda or Rwanda for a short gorilla tracking package because, there are daily flights to these destinations. You can check on https://www.kenya-airways.com for details.
Other spots you must see in Africa include Victoria falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Namibian Spitzkoppe, Sahara Dunes in Morocco, Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Nyika Plateau National Park – the largest in Malawi, the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana, the Draa Valley in Morocco, Sphinx in Egypt, Mount Mulanje in Malawi, Rising safaris in Kenya (East Africa), Wonders of the Nile in Egypt, Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, Nxia Pan National Park in Botswana, the Nyiragongo active Volcano in DR Congo and Mount Kilimanjaro among others.
With my husband, our dream was to take a Rwanda safari and see the mountain gorillas in the wild jungles of Africa in Volcanoes National Park! We had several trips into the dark continent in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Egypt and Kenya. This year, we had our summer holiday in Tanzania. While in Arusha, my wife brought the idea of visiting the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Though we did had not booked gorilla permits in advance, we inquired different tour companies in Kigali including Rwanda development Board and we were so lucky that, Gorilla Expeditions ltd had gorilla permits on re-sell.
They had received cancellations and therefore, we had to buy those 2 permits. We therefore had a 3 day Rwanda safari to see gorillas and golden monkeys in Parc National Des Volcans. We booked a flight from Kilimanjaro to Kigali by Rwanda Air (www.rwandair.com). We arrived in Kigali by 17:00 hrs. The Staff of Gorilla expeditions was already waiting for us at the airport, we immediately transferred to Volcanoes national park and stayed at Muhabura hotel.
The next day we got up early, had heavy breakfast at Hotel Muhabura in Ruhengeri, then we drove for about 20 minutes to the park headquarters at Kinigi. Here we found very many tourists from different countries, we interacted with them with free tea and coffee served at the headquarters. We were divided into groups of 8 persons maximum and allocated to different gorilla groups.
For us we were allocated to Hirwa gorilla group, we were briefed about this gorilla group and the trek in general. Later on we boarded our safari vehicle to the trekking start point. We are accompanied by park guides and rangers with guns just in case of any animals that may want to attack us such as forest elephants.
It took us about 3 hours to meet Hirwa gorilla group, we were given one hour to stay with gorillas, we took photos and videos. This was highlight of our safari in East Africa. We wanted to do another gorilla trek the next day but there were not gorilla permits available. We decided to return next year and this time we shall combine Uganda and Rwanda. In the evening, we took a community walk through Musanze town and we found out that the Rwanda people are so friendly, lovely and hospitable. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Muhabura.
On day 3, our departure flight was scheduled at 18:05hrs, we had ample time to go for golden monkey tracking, we came back early by mid day, we had lunch in Ruhengeri and later drove fro 90 minutes to Kigali, we visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum, later we transferred to Kigali International airport for our scheduled departure flight. This marks the end of our Gorilla safari in Rwanda.
Some advise to everyone visiting East Africa for wildlife and beach holidays, never miss gorilla tracking activity in either Uganda or Rwanda. It’s such amazing experience to interact with the mountain gorillas in the wild. The experience is totally different from that of Zoo. Just an hour with the gorillas offers lifetime memories. However, you are advised to book your gorilla permits in advance because their demand is very high in both countries. Visit rwandasafarigorilla.com for details and more safari packages.
The installation of electronic fence around Akagera National Park has helped to control animals from escaping.
According to local leaders and Rwanda Development Board, the animals which had initially been left out of the fence have been menacing villages. According to nearby residents, the animals have been threats to the people. A few days ago a stray buffalo killed a peasant on his way to routine farming activities.
The Akagera Management Company Started an operation to send back the escaped animals inside in order to protect people’s crops.
“We sent back 20 buffaloes on Tuesday, totaling to 358 so far…inevitably, hundreds of animals remained behind the fence. There are several Zebras and other small animals that we will continue to push back to the park,” said Mutanga.
He went ahead to warn residents to be careful, while moving along the borders of the park, until all animals are pushed inside the park fence. “The operation may go as far as next year…this is when we can declare the whole stretch along the park safe. Until then, people should be careful and alert authorities whenever they see the animals moving out side the park.”
Leonard Karinganire, a resident of the area, however complained that the operation to rid the population of the animals was too slow.
Akagera national Park hosts a variety of animals and most likely by many tourists. Morning and afternoon game drives are done along side other activities. This wildlife national park protects the largest stock of animals in Rwanda.
You can extend your stay in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park for a 2 days gorilla tour that offers an adventure experience for life time. For details about Rwanda gorilla tours and safaris click here.
For several times I have been reading about Africa and quite five years I have been reading about Africa and my emphasis has been on countries like South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya and my interest on these countries I have been for whole along planning to go and see the big cats and other wildlife, but later on read about the wild beet migration between Kenya (Masai Mara national park) and Tanzania (Serengeti National Park) and started to save my money before I contact any travel company in these countries to arrange for such amazing expedition in East and Southern Africa.
Then as I went on researching about travelling to Africa, I came across Rwanda and Uganda and the first thing to know on these 2 countries is the mountain gorillas that can not be found anywhere else in Africa apart from Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda is much known for the mountain gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, and the 3 day gorilla safari Rwanda package is the top selling to most tour operators, because it offers extra opportunities to track the rare golden monkeys or climb mount Bisoke and visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali. the country is famously known as the land of thousand hills which attracts very many international tourists to Rwanda.
Uganda on the other hand is much known for inhabiting half of the remaining world population of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, water falls, big game viewing includes cats and the Big five African Animals, sightseeing and then the amazing culture of the several regions, but nothing is much interesting than the Batwa culture who were once forest dwellers in the Virunga.
When my sister who was volunteering with Peace Corps in Uganda and Rwanda returned back home I had to much interact with her consulting her about Rwanda and Uganda, and she told about these countries and by the time she left for other African country Tanzania for her work she had already inspired me to travel to Africa and that is Uganda and Rwanda.
With my first visit to Africa, I traveled to Tanzania to visit my sister and I spent 3 month in Tanzania where I visited parks like Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area that is regarded to be the world’s 8th wonder, Tarangire National Park and Zanzibar. From here then I started with her to plan our gorilla safari in Rwanda and Uganda, and on my search who would arrange the best safari I met African Jungle Adventures online and started to arrange a 10 day safari package combining Uganda and Rwanda, and it was based on Mid-range lodges / deluxe lodges and comfortable 4×4 safari jeep. Then in the due process Steve sent us a detailed tour itinerary / travel program and quotation and it was finally fitting in our budget and we went ahead to confirm the safari and Steve advised us to pay first only money for gorilla permits and then pay cash upon arrival, and this built trust between us and the this service provider and therefore for genuine service I highly recommend everyone to travel with this company. They have their main offices in Kampala (Uganda Capital) and a sales office in Kigali, the Capital city of Rwanda.
Then upon our arrival at Kanombe International Airport, we meet our guide Emma and then transferred us to Chez Lando Hotel in Kigali where we had our overnight stay, and then the following day we went to Volcanoes National park Rwanda, a home to mountain gorillas in Africa. The park is located about 2 hours drive from Kigali city. At first we visited Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali, lunch at Kanakazana, later we hit the road north words to Parc National Des Volcans. Apart from gorilla trekking, another specific interest we had was to visit the Dian Fossey Center at Karisoke, once a great primatologist who advocated for the survival of the mountain gorillas in the mist. Much of her work can be seen in the movie known as “Gorillas in the Mist”. Dian Fossey spend here close to 20 years studying and habituating the mountain gorillas. However, she was murdered by poachers in 1985. She is always remembered and her grave site is visited by many tourists from different parts of the world. We also had to track the rare golden monkeys, also found in this park.
Then, after being filled with such experience, we crossed to Uganda through Cyanika boarder to southern Bwindi National Park. This park today inhabits 14 habituated gorilla families available for tourism purposes. We arrived and checked in Lake Mutanda Resort with a fantastic view of the lake, after which we took a fantastic boat ride to some islands on this lake. The following day, we spent the whole day with the Batwa once forest dwellers participating in their cultural performances and then evening we relaxed at the shores of this volcanic Lake.
The next day, we went for the amazing gorilla trekking experience on the Uganda side, we would do this in Rwanda but gorilla trekking in Rwanda a permit cost $ 750 dollars compared to Uganda where the permit cost $ 600 dollars for foreign non residents and it is much interesting that after this experience, you are awarded gorilla certificate for surviving the trek. It also acts as a souvenir! We tracked Nkuringo gorilla group, very amazing experience but you must be physically fit to make it. You are also advised to hire a porter for only US$15. Hiring a porter is direct creation of employment opportunities and a big support to the conservation of mountain gorillas because, some porters were once poachers.
From Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, we connected to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern sector of this park is so amazing with tree climbing lions. Though I had seen them in Tanzania, It was great exciting to see them again in Ishasha sector of this park in Uganda. Here we also so other animals and we had a fantastic boat cruise a long the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and George. Bird life is prolific with over 600 species, mammals like Elephants and buffaloes seen drinking water in the shores, marine wildlife like Nile crocodiles and Hippos also seen basking along the shores. Here we stayed at Mweya safari lodge. Our trip ended with Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National park and white water rafting and Bungee jumping in Jinja.
Just Go! We went twice – two days in a row. We feel as if we own part of Rwanda for what we paid. The two experiences were very different. The first day we hiked for about 1.5 hours which seemed perfect. When we met the gorillas we were on a slope of plants that were hard to stand on – we kept slipping down between the branches.
The gorillas came very close to us – one even pushed me aside to get past with her baby. It wasn’t scary. Guides were great. The second day we were in a bamboo forest and the gorillas came swinging down to greet us. They were very active and playful – more so than the other group. The second day the walk was shorter – maybe 45 minutes. Again the guides were wonderful. It is quite an adventure and you bond with your group and guides. The encounter with the gorillas is unforgettable.
The golden monkey (Cercopithecuskandti) is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo.
This species was previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue monkey (Cercopithecusmitis), and the two are similar overall, but the Golden Monkey has a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back.
Not much is known about the golden monkey’s behaviour. It lives in social groups of up to 30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and fruit, though it is also thought to eat insects.
Due to the gradual destruction of their habitat and recent wars in their limited habitat, the golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List
Due to its diet the golden monkey prefers a habitat with abundant fruit and bamboo. The golden monkey will move in between areas depending on the season. During the season where ripe fruit is available they will remain in those areas. When the rainy season begins this causes bamboo shooting to occur and the golden monkeys are found more in these areas. Studies have found that if there is an area consisting of mixed fruit and bamboo, the monkeys will tend to frequent that area more than an area of just bamboo. One study reported that golden monkeys are most frequently seen in forests with bamboo, and this may suggest that this is one of the major preferences of the species.
The golden monkey can travel in various group sizes, and have been seen in small groups of three up to large groups of 62 monkeys. The groups that are found at higher elevations tend to be smaller. The golden monkey will often return to one of several different sleeping areas after a day of feeding. The monkeys often sleep in small subgroups of four, at the top of bamboo plants. They will often use a dense bamboo plant, or a combination of several bamboo plants that weave together to make a sufficient foundation for sleep. The golden monkey will often feed near the sleeping area and return to this same sleeping location day after day.
Further more, while on our gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda, we learnt it from the rangers that a golden monkey has a diet that consists primarily of young bamboo leaves, fruits, bamboo branch lets, bamboo shoots, invertebrates, flowers, and shrubs. However, the golden monkey is an opportunistic feeder and diet can easily be influenced by the availability of fruit. During seasons where ripe fruit is available, the golden monkey tends to feed more on fruit. The golden monkey may also feed on various flowers and shrubs when they are available. The most frequent invertebrate eaten is the pupae of lepidopterist larvae picked from leaves. Bamboo tends to be the most frequently eaten because it is often more available year round.
The golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Certain activities may threaten the conservation of the golden monkey. Illegal activities that harm the ecosystem such as tree extraction and bamboo removal are serious threats. Some research indicates that tree removal poses a more serious risk. This park not only offers these 2 great primates there are other more resources offered like the Dian Fossey center where Dian Fossey a primatologist was buried after losing life by her agitating the right of gorillas and the hunters killed her. For more information about primates in Rwanda / Uganda, log-on to http://www.rwandagorillasafaris.com.
It is a Saturday morning 20th June 2015, we are at Wagtail Eco Camp, southern Bwindi National Park, a home to almost half of the only World’s remaining population of mountain gorillas in the wild. I and my wife, are getting ready for our gorilla trekking adventure. The day has started well with heavy breakfast, but we are unlucky that it’s raining here on addition to the usual coldness. However, rain is not a threat to us because we came well equipped with rain jackets and water proof hiking boots.
It is time now to board our 4×4 Land Cruiser to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking activity. The drive is so adventurous, the area is very hilly, has beautiful views, characterized by majestic hills and deep valleys. In case a driver does a mistake, the car can roll up to the bottom of the valley, for sure, no one can survive. We took very beautiful photos of the scenery yesterday because the weather is so clear. Today, its misty, we can not take clear photos.
We have arrived at the park headquarters, Its a short drive from Wagtail Eco Camp, took us less than 25 minutes. A 4 x 4 vehicle is recommended because the road is very bad, impassable when it rains. We are now waiting for other tourists to arrive at the park headquarters. At this point, there about four (04) gorilla families namely; Kahungye, Nshongi, Businjye and Mishaya. By 8:00am, we are divided into groups of 8 persons and allocated to different gorilla groups. In our group, we are going to visit Kahungye gorilla family. We are in a briefing about this group and gorilla trekking activity. Am hiring a porter for my wife only, am physically fit, and do not need a porter. The porter is carrying our small bag containing our items like Insect repellent, extra batteries for our cameras, drinking water and snacks. I only need a walking stick and I have bought one at US$5.
We start the trek in search for mountain gorillas, we are escorted and guided by park guides, they are so knowledgeable, we are firing them questions about gorillas and other wildlife in Bwindi National park and they are making our trek enjoyable and informative. We are accompanied by armed rangers, the trek is quiet strenuous, we are going through steep and slippery jungle grounds, so far we have hiked for 2 hours with stopovers for some of our friends to rest. Finally we have met a Silverback gorilla named as Gwigi eating leaves. Gwigi is moving around in thick vegetation, we are following his path, at some point we block his way and charges, we take submissive positions as advised by the guide (Squat and face down) while others attempt to run away. Oh My God this is amazing! Taking submissive position is a sign to the silverback that he is the king, he is in charge of that territory. We are having fun with the gorillas, we are taking fantastic photos and videos. However, we are warned NOT to use flash while taking photos. Gwigi is eating, others are playing with and young ones swinging on trees. We have only 60 minutes with the gorillas. Sadly we have to walk back to our base, we are awarded our certificates, then we embark on our vehicle back to our lodge. Descending is less strenuous and takes less than an hour. We arrive at the camp, Lunch is ready, we have to relax and take a community walk in the evening.
About Kahungye Gorilla Group
According to our park guide, Kahungye Gorilla group is one of the recently habituated Gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Habituation is the process by which primates are adapted to human beings or the process by which Gorillas are made familiar to man- this is done to ease trekking hence promoting Gorilla tourism in Uganda.
Kahungye Gorilla group has more than 13 members. The group was opened for tourism on October 2011 after habituation process and is one of the newest groups in the Park found in the Rushaga sector close to the Nshongi family and Mishaya gorilla group.
The group conflicts started after just one year leading to splitting, creating a new family that is called Busingye. The group is active and led by the dominant silverback Gwigi, which means “door” in the local language.
Lodges around Southern Bwindi National Park
As you plan to take a gorilla safari in Uganda, choosing the right accommodation is very important. This depends on your interests and budget. There are so many gorilla trekking lodges in Rushaga sector ranging from budget to deluxe and luxury eco lodges. Among these include Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, not forgetting Wagtail Eco Camp where we stayed. There are also other accommodation options in nearby towns of Kisoro and Kabale. It can take about 90 minutes from these towns to the park headquarters. Therefore, you must start early at around 5:00am if you sleep in Kisoro or Kabale towns.
What you need to know when going on a gorilla trek in Uganda
First of all you need a gorilla permit that acts as permission for one to participate in this activity. The cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda varies depending on nationality and season. For instance, foreign non residents pay US$600 per permit, while Foreign East Africa residents pay US$475, and Ugandans pay UGX250000. In low seasons (April, May and November), there is a discount on gorilla permits where foreigners pay US$350 only. However, you need to contact your travel agent about availability of this promotion. Uganda gorilla trekking permits can be booked through credible travel agents like African Jungle Adventures Limited, African Adventures Safaris, Gorilla trek Africa, Gorilla Expeditions, Abacus vacations, Active African vacations, Prime Uganda safaris and Go Gorilla Trekking among others. You can also book direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority offices located on Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya, P.O. BOX 3530, Kampala, Uganda, Telephone:+256 414 355000, +256 312 355000,
Fax: +256 414 346 291, Email: email@example.com.
About Uganda tourism:
Uganda is a country endowed with lots of tourist attractions stocked in National Parks like Mountain Elgon National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Murchison falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park and above all Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (the home of mountain Gorillas). *Drainage features include Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga, Lake Gorge & Edward among others.
Relief features like Mountain Elgon, Mountain Rwenzori, Kigezi Hills among others. Valleys like East African Rift valley (western arm), Victoria basin and so on.
Do you want to experience how exciting and memorable mountain gorilla trekking is? Well, look no further as African Jungle Adventures is an ideal answer to what you are in need of. They are local based and reputable travel agency which is primarily based in Kigali that offers wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking in Rwanda. They are among the premier leading tour operators in the eastern part of Africa with extreme knowledge and experience tour guides who will be responsible in enhancing your safari with enjoyment and knowledge.
At African Jungle Adventurers, they are offering responsible and environment friendly for gorilla trekking tours that is beyond your expectations. They are offering responsible travel and tour packages that can offer straightforward benefits to the entire front line communities all around Volcanoes gorilla Park and other national parks in Rwanda as well as to all other tourist destinations for conservation incentives. This is very essential since people are given the chance to both conserve and be part of the community that nurtures the gifts of nature. They are more on changing the live of the people and natures creature through protecting and conserving the environment with sustainable tourism growth and development for future generations.
Holiday Tours in Rwanda
One of the best holiday tours that are commonly chosen in Rwanda is more on gorilla trekking. But, there are still other activities that can be part of your tours in the place such as cultural trips, mountain hiking, canopy walks, genocide memorial tours, wildlife safaris, Nyungwe forest primates tracking and many others. All of these activities highlight amazing and exciting experience you have not experience from other places you have visited before.
What Makes Gorilla Trekking the Best Holiday Tour Package in Rwanda?
Among the huge numbers of activities that people may get in touch with in Rwanda, gorilla trekking is considered one of the best. This is not only due to the fact that there are huge numbers of people who keep on choosing to do this type of activity as they visit Rwanda but more on the uniqueness of this activity and the unforgettable experience it always provide to the people with wide ray of choices,
At African Jungle Adventurers, they offer the best gorilla trekking experience which you can’t obtain from other travel agency. Their gorilla trekking trips ranges from one day to multi day tours depending on your choice. They are the number one and the best gorilla trekking company in Rwanda with friendly and reputable staffs and tour guides who will guide and support you all throughout your safari in Rwanda.
They are offering exciting gorilla safari packages highlighting a closer look at some of the endangered gorillas found in Parc national Des Volcans in Rwanda. Their experienced and knowledgeable staffs will guide you whatever your chosen safari package is as you search for awesome and exciting gorillas in Rwanda. You can also combine gorilla tracking activities with other types of activities that are still part of the activities and tour packages offered by African Jungle Adventures Limited to make your holiday vacation more fun and exciting.
Why Choose Gorilla Trekking Activities Offered by African Jungle Adventures?
Choosing to a gorilla trek with African Jungle Adventures over the other tour packages offered by other travel agencies is an essential thing to do. This is due to the wide array of choices that the company offers from one day trip package to multiple days trekking that can create great fun and excitement in your life. They are also offering such activity in a complete package hence you are assured that you can save huge amount of money in seeking for their gorilla tracking adventure.
Their professional staffs and tour guides also play an essential role towards making gorilla safari more fun and exciting. With their knowledge and expertise in mountain gorillas and other wildlife in the Virunga massive, you are assured that you will not regret seeking for this particular type of tour package rather it will give you optimal amusement and entertainment you are in need of. Your time, money and effort spent in searching for mountain gorillas in their natural habitat will be all worth it for a one of kind experience they are going to hand on you.
So, don’t miss the chance to be part of this prestigious and exciting gorilla trekking adventure with African Jungle Adventures. You will be guaranteed of a memorable and exciting experience seeing huge numbers of mountain gorillas in Rwanda.